Former WWE Women's Champion--and current GFW Knockouts #1 Contender--Gail Kim spoke with Sporting News recently, and she gave her opinion on why it took so long for women's wrestling to be treated with any modicum of respect in WWE.
Not surprisingly, she thinks the blame all rests on the shoulders of one man.
"My honest opinion, and this is only my opinion and I don't know this as fact, I just think Vince McMahon did not like women's wrestling. With this whole revolution that happened in WWE these past couple of years, it's because of the fans. Remember they were saying 'Give Divas a Chance' that it got to the point where Vince is like OK, I'm going to give them a chance. It was really truly Hunter [Triple H] who created all these great girls in NXT. It wasn't Vince. It's almost like, thank God Hunter did it so that Vince could see the reaction that these girls were getting in NXT. Then it was OK, let's jump on the bandwagon and let's make it happen. I think he was never a fan of women's wrestling whether he had talented girls or not and he didn't want to watch that. When I was there, they really didn't want us to do things. Even to do a superplex off the top rope, you had to keep it quiet until it happened and hopefully get approval from the agent. He would say do it and I'll take the heat for it. It was just insane to me. To me, I always just feel like why would you hire a talent and not use them to the best of their ability? That's the confusing part for me and that was the most frustrating part for me. But I just chalked it up to I was in that company at the wrong time."
Kim, a former six-time TNA Knockouts Champion, gets her first shot at the GFW version of that title tonight when she takes on Sienna at Destination X, GFW's Live Impact special episode. Fightful will have full live coverage.
You can read the entire interview at this link.